Time-sensitive reminder: joint health and safety committee (JHSC) members who were certified on or after March 1, 2016 are due for refresher training as soon as March 1, 2019.
If the certified members of your JHSC completed their certification training on or after March 1, 2016, they must take refresher training within three years of their certification date to maintain this status. JHSCs must have both a certified employer and worker member.
Both your business and your JHSC will benefit, says WSPS Training Specialist Scott Morrow. "Over the years, laws change and people forget some of what they've learned in Certification Training, Parts 1 and 2. Refresher training invigorates their skills and knowledge so they're primed to contribute to health, safety and productivity in your workplace," says Scott.
Most workplaces in Ontario with 20 or more employees are required to have a JHSC with at least two certified members - one worker and one management. To become certified, members must take Part 1, basic training, and within six months, Part 2, hazard-specific training.
Certified members play an essential role in managing health and safety, says Scott. "They can identify hazards, assign a risk level to each, and make suggestions on how to control or manage the hazards. That's a huge benefit to employers because it helps reduce the number of hazards in the workplace and the likelihood of incidents occurring."
Refresher training keeps these skills sharp by updating and reviewing key aspects of Part 1 and 2 in one day. The training covers
- basics of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations
- legislative changes
- best practices for recognition, assessment and control of hazards
- roles and responsibilities
- hazard categories and what the law says
"It's a lot", says Scott, "but participants are always appreciative. In every class, people say 'Thank you, I've forgotten that.' Legislative changes also open up a lot of eyes. Most JHSCs, for example, are not aware that legal requirements around noise in the workplace are no longer covered by the Industrial Establishments regulations, but are contained in the stand-alone regulation 381."
The training is interactive, using case studies, group discussion, group exercises, and videos. This means it hits all three learning methods - visual, auditory and kinesthetic - for optimum retention.
Refresher training can take place in a public classroom, where participants come from various industry sectors and sizes of workplace. "Public training allows JHSC members to network, see what other companies are doing, and perhaps adopt some of their practices."
Alternatively, refresher training can be conducted on-site so that it's tailored specifically to the hazards in your workplace.
How we can help
WSPS is a Chief Prevention Officer approved provider of Certification training, Parts 1 and 2 and Certification Refresher Training.
Check out the schedule of dates and locations for 2019 public Refresher Training or book on-site Refresher training.
If you have JHSC members to be certified, review our Certification, Part 1 and Part 2 offerings for various sectors.